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Bulletin staff report SEASIDE — Jhaylen Yeahquo scored a team-high 18 points and Rodney Mitchell and Jered Pichette added 10 and nine points, respectively, as Madras held off Seaside in the championship game of the Seagulls' own Seaside Holiday Classic on Saturday. The White Buffaloes, who improved to 63 with the boys basketball win, led 28-18 at halftime, but the Seagulls rallied back and got within two points midway through the fourth quarter. Madras secured the victory at the free-throw line, though, hitting 11 of its 14 foul shots in the final period. "We've got the makings of a pretty good ballclub," White Buffalo coach Allen Hair said. "Once we figure out the defensive end of things, the offense will come." Devon Wolfe added six points and Aaron Phillips contributed four for Madras, which has won six of its past seven games. Yeahquo and Pichette were named to the all-tournament team and Mitchell was chosen as the Holiday Classic's most valuable player. The White Buffaloes are off until Thursday, when they open play against Tillamook in the first round of the three-day Stayton Tournament. In other Saturday action: BOYS BASKETBALL L a Pine ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 E lmn, Wash...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 SEASIDE — The Hawks ended the Seaside Holiday Classic with a bang, hitting 48 percent of their shots from the field, including 10 of 20 from behind the three-point arc. Tyler Parsons scored a team-high 19 points and Sam Wieber added 14 points, five assists, and four steals for La Pine, which improved to 5-6 with the win. The Hawks trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Elma 56-35 the rest of the game. La Pine ended the morning consolation game with 26 steals and 22 assists. "We moved the ball around a lot better and converted steals into easy points in the fourth quarter," Hawk coach Kyle Kalmbach said. La Pine is off until Friday, when it plays at Lakeview in a nonleague contest. G old Beach.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 C ulver.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 KLAMATH FALLS — Clay Gibson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, Ryan Fritz added 14 points and five assists, but the Bulldogs could not overcome a 17-5 first-quarter deficit en route to their loss in the title game of the eight-team Klamath Klash at Mazama High School. Gerson Gonzalez recorded 11 points as the Bulldogs saw their three-game win streak snapped by the Panthers. Culver (5-3) hosts Boardman's Riverside on Thursday for a n o nleague contest. GIRLS BASKETBALL M adras ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 L a Pine ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 SEASIDE — T h e W hi t e B u f f aloes jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and after that advantage was whittled away, they used a pressdefense to force turnovers and collect easy baskets en route to the consolation game victory at the Seaside Holiday Classic. "Defensively, we just kind of shut them down," Madras coach Mike Osborne said. "We're changing up a few things, working on fundamentals on how we want to play defense." Mariah Stacona paced the White Buffaloes with 19 points and 11 steals, Inez Jones scored 12 points to go along with five rebounds, and Madras took third at t h e eight-team tournament and improved to 3-6 overall. "We're getting there," Osborne said. "We're listening a little bit better and are able to make adjustments in between quarters, being able to add either a defensive adjustment on a certain player." McKenna Boen led the Hawks (3-7) with 10 points, with Brittnie Haigler and Katie Mickel adding four points apiece. Madras opens up the Stayton Tournament against Scappoose on Thursday, and La Pine travels to Lakeview on Friday.
By Tim Booth
PREP SCOREBOARD CULVER(50) — Clay Gibson 17, Fritz 14, Gonzalez11,Slaght 6, Lofting 2, LeQuieu,McDonald, Leeper.Totals1B7-1150 Seaside Holiday Classic Gold Beach17 18 11 18 — 64 Champions hipgame Culver 5 1 6 13 16 — 50 Three-point goals — Gold MADRAS (54) — Jhaylen Beach: Robison3, Litterell; Culver: Yeahqu018,Mitchell 10,Pichette9, Wolfe 6,Phillips 4,Smith3, Spino Fritz 4,Gibson3. 2, Haugen z Totals 16 19-2454. SEASIDE (47) — LucasClark 6irls basketball 19, Farmer9, Tanai9, Melugin4, Saturday's results Richardson2, Hague2. Totals 18 7-14 47. Seaside HolidayClassic Madras 16 12 12 14— 54 Seaside 10 8 14 15— 47 MADRAS (44) Ma r iah Three-point goals — Madras: Mitchell 2, Smith;Seaside:Farmer Stacona19, Jones12, Esquiva 7, T. Adams 3, Mu n son 2, J. Ad a m s1, 3, Tanai. Sloan,Wolfe,Hunt, K.Adams, SupSeaside HolidayClassic pah. Totals194-7 44. LA PINE (20) — McKenna ELMA(WASHJ (50) —Bren- Boen10,Haigler4, Mickel4, Forenans19,Nauman8, Collin 7, Horton man 2, Smith, Glenn,Huddleston, 6, Stears3, Wilson2, Daivs2, Farr Conklin.Totals76-1920. 2, Stable1,Osgood,Saylor. Totals Madras 10 16 8 10— 44 15 19-29 50. La Pine 6 4 8 2 — 20 LA PINE(69) Tyler Parsons Three-point goa s — Madras: 19, Craft 15,W> eber 14, Syres8, Esqui val,T.Adams;LaPine:None. Boen 6,Gacke4 Siaw3, A.Ramirez, Scott, Z. Smith,Young.Totals 26 7-10 69. Wrestling Elma 1 5 14 7 14 — 50 Saturday's results La Pine 13 19 15 22— 69 Three-point goals — Elma: Weisbrodt Invitational Collin; LaPine:Parsons3, Craft 3, In Ledanon Wieber 2, SiauwSyres.
Boys basketball Saturday's results
Klamath Klash GOLDBEACH(64) Garrett L<tterell 24,Carter14, Robison12, Dolan 10, Edwards2, Pearson 2, Carpenter,Belanio,Boydston.Totals 20 20-2364.
Teamscores —CrookCounty 52, Dallas 15; CrookCounty46, SweetHome26; Crook County55, Lebanon 3; CrookCounty 65, Hood River Valley12; CrookCounty70, Estacada 3; CrookCounty64,Silverton9.
The two c oaches traded barbs this week about not SEATTLE — D ynamic sharing Christmas cards with young quarterbacks. Bul- one a nother. U n doubtedly lying running backs. Rock- there won't be any birthday solid defenses. Coaches gifts waiting for H a rbaugh who don't much likeeach when he shows up at CenturyLink Field even though he other. Throw in playoff impli- turns 49 today. "I understand they didn't get cations and no wonder the San Francisco 49ers and our Christmas card yet. I have Seattle Seahawks were giv- to check the list," Carroll joked en a prime-time showcase. this week. " There i s While there are few similarsomething about them, man. They're ities in the demeanor of their basically the same team as coaches, there is no denying us and I just hate that fact," after 15 weeks how much the Seattle safety Kam Chan- teams mirror each other. cellor said. Statistically, they are nearly The 49e r s ' and the same. They are Nos. 2 and Seahawks' fierce r ivalry 3 in the league in rushing the will be in full view before ball, and in total defense, the a national TV audience to- base principles each preach. night. And the stakes are T hey rank Nos. 1 and 2 i n high. scoringdefense,with the49ers San Francisco (10-3-1) slightly ahead by allowing one needs one win in its final less point. Even numbers like two games to clinch a sec- time of possession average, ond straight NF C W e st penalties and sacks are even title. Nearly 20 years ago or nearly the same. They've even punted almost was the last time the 49ers claimed consecutive divi- exactly the same number of sion crowns, and wins the times: 49 for the Seahawks, 50 final two weeks would as- for the 49ers. "I can't help but see that besure San Francisco the No. 2 seed and a f i rst-round cause they believe in playing big-time defense as well as us, playoff bye. Seattle (9-5) needs one they believe in the running victory to clinch at least game, which we do, and they a w ild-card berth. T w o have a very strong emphasis wins and an unlikely San on special teams, which we Francisco loss in the finale do," Carroll said. "I think that's against Arizona would give really the three pillars of what the Seahawks the division we're trying to put together title, although hopes of a here, that's what I know we're division crown all but end- dealing with. I d o n't k n ow ed when the 49ers held on how they speak it or how they to beat New England last talk about it, but it's certainly what's obvious about their week. Tonight provides an op- team." p ortunity fo r S e attle t o The b e l ie f a b o u t the prove its legitimacy. The Seahawks has morphed over Seahawks' three consecu- the past three weeks as they tive wins and two 50-point have suddenly grown into a outbursts caught the NFL's scoring machine. Beginning attention. But those three with the fourth quarter of their victories came against fad- overtime win at Chicago in ing Chicago, Arizona and Week 13, the Seahawks have Buffalo. outscored t h ei r o p p onents Beat the 49ers and Seattle 121-20 in the past nine quarbecomes one of those teams ters plus an overtime. The no one in the NFC wants to offensive potency has been a see in the postseason. mixture of Wilson's running "InDecemberyou want to and passing, and gashing be the hot team," San Fran- runs from Marshawn Lynch, cisco running back Frank who has just 21 carries the Gore said. "We know that if past two weeks but rushed for we get the win, we can win 241 yards combined in those the division. They've been victories. playing great. I think they Not to be outdone, Kaepergot better as a team each nick and the 49ers aren'tstrugweek since they played us. gling for points. Since KaeperWe want to claim the divi- nick took over as the starter sion and the playoffs." on Nov. 19, San Francisco has The 49ers must avoid any topped 25 points in all four letdown from last week's victories, giving an added elewild 41-34 win at New Eng- ment of his big arm and runland and s olve Seattle's ning ability to the offense. impenetrable h o m e-field Seattle's defensive front was advantage. The Seahawks exposed in the first meeting are 6-0 at home, their last by San Francisco's wrinkle of loss at CenturyLink Field using trap runs. Linebacker coming in Week 16 of 2011 K.J. Wright said at all the difto the 49ers. ferent levels he's played, he It will be Colin Kaeper- never saw a trap play until nick's first venture into the Gore came sprinting through loudest environment in the gaping holes with defenders NFL, another chance for completely out of place. Gore Seattle QB Russell Wilson rushed for a season-high 131 to strengthen his late-sea- yards and Wilson struggled son surge into top offensive through his worst game of the rookie consideration, and season,flustered by the 49ers' another meeting between pass rush and key drops by his coaches Pete Carroll and own receivers. "It's a championship game. Jim Harbaugh. "It feels good to know That's the way we approach it t hat you're p l aying f o r this week," Wilson said. "It's a s omething," 4 9ers l i n e - championshipgame and we're backer Patrick Willis said. going to have to prepare and "We have a playoff berth, play like it." but we want the division. And we also want to have that first-week bye, and we Providing unparalled know we have to win this service across a variety of week first." industries since 1983. T he reunion o f H a r baugh and Carroll brings 541-389-1505 together a pair with simi400 SW Bluff Dr Ste 200 lar coaching beliefs and Bend, OR 97702 diametrically oppo s i te personalities. They share a love of khakis, winning ENPLOYMENTPROFESSIONALS and not caring what others think about their coaching www.expresspros.com styles. The Associated Press
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is congratulated by quarterback Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game in Detroit against the Atlanta Falcons, after breaking Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards.
see; Lions' Jo nson rea s Rice's recor By Larry Lage
The Associated Press
DETROIT — Matt Ryan got what he wanted. Calvin Johnson was forced to settle for what he could get. Ryan matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Roddy White, to help the A tlanta Falcons beat the Detroit Lions 31-18 Saturday night and earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. "It's great," Ryan said. "Our confidence is high and our experiencegood and bad — has helped us. The key is to keep the focus where it's been." In yet another loss, Johnson had a record-breaking night. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-seasonyards receiving mark of 1,848. After making the record-breaking catch in the fourth quarter, Johnson jogged over to the sideline and handed the football to his father. "That was a very special moment," he said. Johnson also became the only player with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row in league history. He had 11 receptions for 225 yards, giving him 1,892 this season. "I've been an NFL fan my whole life, dating back to watching Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry as a kid, and I've coached in this league for 19 years," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "I've seen a lot of Hall of Famers, but I've never seen a better player than Calvin Johnson. "He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in the history of this league." The Falcons (13-2) pulled away with Ryan's fourth TD pass to wide-open tight end Michael Palmer in the fourth quarter and Matt Bryant's 20-yard field goal with 3:05 left that gave them a 15point lead. Ryan was 25 of 32 for 279 yards without a turnover. The Falcons hope playing at home, potentially throughout the conference playoffs, helps them more than it did after the 2010 and 1980 seasons. The Falcons failed to win a game in either postseason, getting routed by Green Bay two years ago and blowing a dou-
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, right, celebrates his 44-yard touchdown reception with teammate Michael Palmer (81) during the first quarter ble-digit, fourth-quarter lead to Dallas three decades ago. Atlanta advanced to its only Super Bowl with a win at Minnesota after winning a franchise-record 14 games during the 1998 season. The Falconswon't have much incentive to match that mark next week at home against Tampa Bay, when they'll have nothing to gain and something to lose if a key player or more gets hurt. Detroit (4-11) has been relegated to playing for pride this month, and that hasn't been going very well. The Lions, whose seven-game losing streak is the longest skid in the league, haven't struggled this much since the laughingstock of a franchise became the league's first to go 0-16 in 2008. The Falcons led 21-3 at halftime before letting the Lions pull within five points early in the fourth quarter. Ryan dashed Detroit's comeback hopes. Facing intense pressure, he converted a third down in Atlanta territory with a pass to White, picked on rookie cornerback Jonte Green by throwing to Jones to pick up more first downs and found Tony Gonzalezopen to convert another third down to set up his fourth TD pass.
Colts eagerly await coach's return By Michael Marot The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Bruce Arians stood at the podium Friday, answering questions and doing the same thing he's done since Oct. 1. It may have been his last weekday appearance as Indianapolis' interim coach. With doctors giving head coach Chuck Pagano clearance toreturn to his job, Arians sounded cautiously optimistic that Pagano would be running the team Monday for the first time since he was diagnosed with leukemia. "It's still up in the air, but he feels pretty solid that he's ready to go," Arians said, reiterating the point he's made all week — he's eager to give the reins back to his longtime friend. Pagano hasn't coached a game since a Sept. 23 loss to Jacksonville. Three days later, he was admitted to an Indianapolis hospital to begin the first of three rounds of chemotherapy. But Arians wasn't told about the diagnosis until Sept. 30, and players and the other assistants didn't find out until a team meeting Oct. I, the day the Colts returned from their bye. Indy has gone 8-3 since Pagano left and has moved within one win — or
one Steelers loss — of clinching an improbable playoff spot in what has been a historic turnaround from last season's 2-14 debacle. Arians needs one more win to tie the NFL record for most wins following a midseason coaching change (nine), and if the Colts win today at Kansas City, they would join the short list of NFL teams to win two or fewer games one season and 10 or more the next. If Pagano is back Monday, it won't be the first time the Colts (9-5) have seen or heard from theirrecovering head coach. He has communicated with players and coaches through phone calls and text message, watched tape of practices and games on his computer and has given pregame and postgame
speeches following home games. But Indy is about to embark on an almost unprecedented coaching transition — just as the playoffs are about to begin — though the players and coaches are eager to make it work. "It will b e r eal special. He's our leader, he's our general," Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne said. "To get him back for the playoffs would be picture perfect. He's been through some tough times, he's fought through it and he's taught us how to fight."
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